Lee's Palace Presents
Today is the Day
Keelhaul, KEN Mode, Fight Amp
529 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y5
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 9:30 PM
This event is 19 and over
Today is the Day
Led by "charismatic cult leader" Steve Austin, Today Is The Day is
renowned as one of the most unique and influential bands of the past
15 years. Austin's iconic presence and fearless brand of metal,
noise, psychedelia, and rock have earned the band worldwide acclaim.
Today Is The Day has toured the world with the likes of Motorhead,
Melvins, Morbid Angel, Converge, Napalm Death, and Neurosis and has
released eight studio albums on labels including Amphetamine Reptile,
Relapse, and SuperNova. Ex-members of Today Is The Day include Brann
Dailor and Bill Kelliher of Mastodon. As a producer, Steve Austin has
recorded albums by Lamb Of God, Converge, Deadguy, and many more.
The New York Times has hailed Today Is The Day with the following
description: "Proud noisemakers for 15 years now, Today Is The Day
starts with brutal blues-rock and completely disfigures it with sheets
of distortion and the bestial ravings of Steve Austin."
Alternative Press Magazine has offered this praise: "Today Is The Day
founder Steve Austin has functioned as a cultish Robert Fripp/John
McLaughlin hybrid; a noise-rock auteur known as much for his
off-kilter, damaging riffs and vocals as for his soaring David Gilmour
The live Today Is The Day line-up consists of frontman Steve Austin, bassist Ryan Jones
(Wetnurse) and drummer Curran Reynolds (Wetnurse).
Dropping bombs (not names) on the long hard road outta Cleveland, Keelhaul put gnarled, frothing metal and blinding math rock into sweaty twin headlocks and smash their misshapen skulls together 'til they bow to The Haul's every nefarious whim. After the quarry's full and complete subjugation, Keelhaul proceed to render, humiliate, and twist their hapless victims into the band's own insidious design. Violence never sounded so sweet (read: unhinged), and the underground has yet to recover. Subject To Change Without Notice may well be The Haul's finest hour to date, the culmination of years of toil and sacrifice, not to mention a challenge to the members' already tenuous grasp on reality. KEELHAUL have toured unrelentingly throughout the USA and Europe, pairing up with the likes of ISIS, EYEHATEGOD, UNSANE, KNUT, BOTCH, MASTODON and many others ...and have been or are involved in other projects such as: CRAW , INTEGRITY , LA GRITONA, HOLY GHOST, MEATJACK, RINGWORM, just to name a few ....
Read more: http://www.myspace.com/mykeelhaul#ixzz0yChPL6vs
KEN mode (an acronym for Kill Everyone Now) is a Canadian metallic hardcore-influenced noise rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba that was formed in September 1999.
Formed by brothers Jesse (guitar/vocals) and Shane Matthewson (drums) and long-time friend Darryl Laxdal (bass), the group released several demos from 1999 to 2003, leading to the release of their debut full length Mongrel on Escape Artist Records.
Several tours followed with the likes of Relapse Records' The End , Sulaco and American Heritage  in addition to regional dates with Mastodon, Burnt By The Sun, Anodyne, Pelican, Harkonen, Breather Resist, The Dream is Dead, Psyopus, Daughters, and Buried Inside across the Midwestern and East Coast United States, and throughout Canada. In 2004 Laxdal left the band, only to rejoin in 2005 to finish the band's follow-up record Reprisal, released in 2006 on CD by Escape Artist Records, and on double-LP by No List Records. After the recording of Reprisal Laxdal and the band parted ways again. Picking up bass duties after Laxdal's departure was Drew Johnston (guitarist in Electro Quarterstaff) who also played with Jesse, Shane and Darryl in Hide Your Daughters.
In October 2006 the band took part in the "Exclaim! Magazine Aggressive Tendencies Tour" with Pelican and Daughters across Canada. Bass duties were handled by former Kittens and Projektor member Jahmeel Russell who played with Jesse, Shane and Drew in Hide Your Daughters.
KEN mode went on to work with Jahmeel for the band's third full-length, Mennonite, which was released in July 2008 on CD by Jesse Matthewson's own label, Arctodus Records, and on 3x7" vinyl by No List Records.
Prior to releasing Mennonite, Chad Tremblay joined the band as their fourth bassist in two years. The band embarked on a European tour with Welsh rockers Taint. Chad would go on to direct the bands debut music video for the song "Extending Common Courtesy Throughout The Evening" from their Mennonite album.
In 2010 the band announced that Profound Lore Records will release its fourth full length album, titled Venerable, to be recorded August 2010 with Kurt Ballou of Converge. They also announced several North American tours with Gaza, Engineer, Rosetta, Buried Inside, Wolvhammer, Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire, and others.
Three cheers for toiling away in the underground.
One thing's for sure – as seasoned and accomplished as these three dudes have become over the last few years, there isn't much in the way of riches or mass recognition at the end of this noisy rainbow. Don't be fooled by a world where Pitchfork and NPR praise the esoteric beauty of all things sub-genre'd in metal. Something tells me that those folks aren't showing up to hear Fight Amp lock into some of the best modern noise rock grooves this side of Unsane in grimy bars once smoky, now offering only wafts of stale beer and even staler urine.
It's through that filter that Fight Amp lives and that their heavy tunes are meant to be experienced.
In the late-1980s/early-90s, Amphetamine Reptile belched forth West Coast grit (the Melvins, Steel Pole Bath Tub), East Coast noise (Helmet, Unsane), and Midwest dirt (the Cows, Hammerhead); Touch and Go-- pre-indie rock days-- likewise issued filth and difficulty via Big Black, Butthole Surfers, and the Jesus Lizard. Though sonically disparate, these bands shared a contemptuous disregard for rock's playbook.
One of the most criminally under rated bands in the Philadelphia area.
Tickets Available at: Rotate This, Soundscapes